16,000 police to be dispatched into London streets

Violence spreads to other cities as London faces fourth night of chaos

London’s Metropolitan Police will dispatch around 16,000 police officers into London’s streets following a third night of rioting in the capital, with violence spreading to other cities such as Birmingham and Liverpool on Tuesday. Prime Minister David Cameron returned from holiday to attend a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency committee, and recalled Parliament early on Thursday in order to “stand together in condemnation of these crimes and to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities.” The Met Police is drafting support from 30 other police and security forces and is considering the use plastic bullets. Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man died in hospital after being found shot in a car in the borough of Croydon.

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